The mixed gender sibling shared room. It’s enough to make any interior designer run for the hills! How on earth are you meant to compromise on a colour scheme and overall style that both children love? Thankfully, we’ve tackled a few of these projects in our time and have put together an episode that shows how YOU can incorporate the favourite themes and colours of both your children, without compromising on style.
Tip 1: Incorporate pops of colour that both kids love, into zones just for them. We did this with the robe doors, the lamps and the cushion combinations on the bed. We kept all other shared spaces fairly neutral with beautiful paint colours from Haymes. Did you know that you could actually paint the fronts of these sliding robes? We used Haymes Ultra Premium Prepcoat Ultraseal first and then the following colours on the rest of the room:
Sylvie’s Sliding door – Streamwood 2163
Tommy’s Sliding door – Greyology 5
Shared Sliding door – Light Admiralty Grey 4024
Cabinetry – China Blue 4022
Walls – Greyology 3
Wallpaper – These Walls – Piper wallpaper, White on Storm
Tip 2: Personalise your space! This is a great way to make each zone a little bit more special. We used these great custom wall tattoos from Louis Luxe.
Tip 3: Create Symmetry wherever you can. Look for bedlinen and pillowcases that are available in the same pattern and type but many different colour ways.
My absolute go-to’s for all the shared rooms I design are Uimi and Castle and Things.
Hunting For George create amazing bedlinen with a great range of fun patterns. I’ve chosen the Eskimo set here which has a really subtle polk – dot and doesn’t clash with the wallpaper!
Your furniture selections are super important when planning your shared room. I chose these house beds from Fantastic Furniture because not only did I love the shape, but the timber colour brought some great warmth to the space. The bedside tables and lamps were also from Fantastic Furniture and I love that they come in so many different colours. What surprised me most about this room was how high end the overall look was, when many of the items were so affordable.
Tip 4: Add multiple zones to encourage your kids to use their room for more than just sleep! We were so luck that this room already had a great inbuilt desk and I just loved the prospect of giving it a complete makeover. We replaced the handles with these gorgeous knobs from Lo + Co and added one of my favourite desk accessories, a pin board by Al+Em. Having two chairs means Tommy and Sylvie can work here together or with a friend. We also chose this wonderful 2 seater sofa from Fantastic Furniture, which was the perfect size for under the window. Even if you don’t have a room as large as this one, creating zones for relaxation and play is a great way to ensure longevity in your shared room design.
Tip 5: Utilise your exisiting storage first, then add some fun pieces based on your child’s needs. We were very lucky that this room has so much existing storage. One side of the cupboard each for clothes and then whole other cupboard for toys and other bits and pieces. We included two of these rope baskets from Munchkin and Bear to capture any things that might need new homes. Isn’t this Hunting for George rainbow print the cutest?
We hope you love the first episode of Project Dream Room as much as we loved putting it together for you! Send a very special thank you to Fantastic Furniture and all the other wonderful brands for working with us on this episode. Sending a very special thank you to Rachel and Steve from Ipaper and Paint for their flawless finish as always. Another big thank to Steve from Vellum Studios for his beautiful images. These are two suppliers that I can’t recommend highly enough.
Lastly, thank you to Stacey for allowing us to makeover her room AND to Lemon Tree Film House for capturing this wonderful video. We can’t wait to show you what we have planned for our next room makeovers!
If you’d like anymore information on creating your own Dream Room with us, email firstname.lastname@example.org